Domestic Violence by NHS trust and board

Response to this request is long overdue. By law, under all circumstances, James Paget University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust should have responded by now (details). You can complain by requesting an internal review.

Dear James Paget University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust,

I would like to make a request under the Freedom of Information Act for information relating to your activities with regards to domestic violence.

Could you please tell me:

Do you provide access to an Independent Domestic Abuse Advisor?

If yes, do you provide access to an IDAA at every hospital site?

Do you employ a domestic abuse specialist nurse?

If yes, do you employ a domestic abuse specialist nurse at every hospital site?

Do you have a Domestic Abuse policy?

If yes, please provide a copy.

Do you produce an annual safeguarding report on domestic abuse?

Do you conduct internal audits to ensure compliance to the domestic abuse policy?

Have you conducted training for staff on domestic abuse in the last 12 months. If no, in the last 24 months?

How many domestic abuse, stalking and harassment (DASH) risk assessments were completed by the trust/health board in 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019 and 2020?

How many domestic abuse, stalking and harassment (DASH) referrals were made by the trust/health board to a Multi-Agency Risk Assessment Conference in 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019 and 2020?

Please provide the data for the last two parts of my request in a spreadsheet format.

Please do let me know if I need to amend or clarify my request in any way.

Yours faithfully,

Harriet Clugston

Freedomofinformation, James Paget University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Dear Claire

As you will be aware, as a result of COVID-19, the NHS has returned to the highest alert level. The Trust has been directed to administer the COVID-19 immunisation programme and ensure that patient facing staff are tested twice weekly. As such, our resources are being diverted away from the usual compliance and information rights work to the effective long term management of the virus in line with the Government’s request. Whilst we recognise that statutory timescales cannot be extended, we apologise that there is likely to be a significant delay in responding to your request for information during this extraordinary period.

We will log your request at this time and review the situation as the pressures of the Covid-19 pandemic reduce to enable us to return to responding within the statutory timeline.

Many thanks

Ann Filby MCIPR
Head of Communications & Corporate Affairs
James Paget University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
Tel: 01493 452162
[James Paget University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust request email]
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Freedomofinformation, James Paget University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Dear Claire

 

Thank you for your enquiry. Please accept my apologies for the delay in
responding to you due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

 

As you will be aware from our previous correspondence in relation to your
request, the pandemic has affected some of our usual work which includes
the timescales for responding to Freedom of Information requests. The NHS
is currently on the highest alert level and in January the Covid alert
level increased to Level 5 reflecting the risk of healthcare services
being overwhelmed, with the continued rise in cases. 

 

As such, our focus has been on providing the best care that we can to our
patients, supporting our staff and their health and wellbeing during this
difficult time and administering the COVID-19 immunisation programme. This
has included redeployment of staff into more critical roles to support
management of the pandemic.

 

In relation to your request, please find some information which I trust is
helpful, providing links to details already published by the Trust or
national information in the absence of more detailed data being available
at the current time:

 

Information is published on the Safeguarding section of the Trust’s
website, which includes reference to domestic abuse. It can be accessed at
this link
[1]https://www.jpaget.nhs.uk/departments-se...
 The Trust’s policy is available here
[2]https://www.jpaget.nhs.uk/media/472531/S...

 

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If you have any queries about this email, please contact me. Do remember
to quote the reference number above in any future communications.

 

I trust that the links to information already published is helpful, whilst
this may not fully respond to the questions that you raise.

 

If you are unhappy with the service you have received in relation to your
request and wish to request a review of our decision, you should write to
the Medical Director, James Paget University Hospitals NHS Foundation
Trust, Lowestoft Road, Gorleston, Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, NR31 6LA.

 

Many thanks

 

Ann Filby MCIPR

Head of Communications & Corporate Affairs

James Paget University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Tel: 01493 452162

[4][James Paget University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust request email]

 

 

 

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